Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will pay an additional $9 per credit hour beginning next fall, according to plans approved today by the CU Board of Regents.
Meeting at the Anschutz Medical Campus of CU Denver, the Regents approved tuition increases for all three CU campuses. The 5 percent average increase for UCCS students was below a 9 percent rate cap established by the General Assembly in the appropriations act. Several other state colleges and universities have announced plans to increase tuition by the maximum amount allowed.
“We recognize the financial difficulties that many students and their families face,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We are doing everything possible to contain costs and maintain access to the university while continuing the quality of education that is both expected and deserved.”
New Colorado resident freshmen and continuing sophomore-level students will pay $195 per credit hour, a $9 per credit hour increase from last year before College Opportunity Fund is applied. Most full-time students enroll in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester, bringing the cost of tuition for a semester to $2,340, a $108 per semester increase for a student enrolling in 12 credit hours. The College Opportunity Fund is the state-funded portion of a student’s education. Students must apply to receive the COF funds.
The 5 percent increase is for Colorado resident undergraduate students. Non-Colorado resident students pay rates that are roughly double those of Colorado residents. Those students will see a rate increase of 2 percent beginning in the fall.
Graduate students at the university will also see slight tuition increases, averaging 5 percent. Graduate students enrolling in six credit hours will pay $105-$128 more than last year, depending on the field of study.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked UCCS graduate programs in nursing and public affairs as among the best in the nation. Last fall, the magazine editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program as among the nation’s best and the university as a whole in the top 10 of Western regional public universities.
Students interested in calculating tuition and fees to attend UCCS should visit http://www.uccs.edu/~bursar/pages/tuition097.shtml. A revised tuition and fee calculator that includes COF funds will be in place by June 1.